1. Articles in category: Small Business

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    1. New Patent Law Hurting Small Companies, Say Developers

      Next month marks the one year anniversary of the shift in the U.S. intellectual property landscape, and Triangle business owners and the organizations they work with said the changes are squeezing new and small enterprises. On March 16, 2013, the first inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act went into effect. The changes are the most significant to the system since 1952, as they harmonized the U.S. patent system with the rest of the world.

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    2. Small Business Lending Index Rose in January | CPA Practice Advisor

      Rather than taking a break after the busy holiday retail season, small businesses continued to expand through January 2014, according to the Small Business Lending Index released by Direct Capital, a national small business lender. Direct Capital's January 2014 index showed a 2.3% increase in demand for small business financing, a clear sign of confidence that economic factors like consumer spending and the housing/construction market will increase throughout the year.

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    3. How to Assemble Your Own Personal Board of Directors

      How to Assemble Your Own Personal Board of Directors

      At a recent conference, Square CFO Sarah Friar described four of the best kinds of mentors.

      Sure, your company has a board of directors, but shouldn't you have your very own board of directors too? Yes, absolutely, says Square CFO Sarah Friar.

      "It's a very fancy term for the idea of thinking broadly about who your mentors are, who your role models are going to be in life," Friar said Thursday to group of mostly aspiring founders at the Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco.

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    4. New App Helps Small Business Owners | CPA Practice Advisor

      New App Helps Small Business Owners | CPA Practice Advisor

      Small business owners increasingly depend on their mobile devices to stay in touch with customers, employees and the workplace. A new mobile app from the National Federation of Small Businesses is designed to help connect them to resources to help grow their businesses, get the latest updates on current legislation and government regulations that affect them and get direct access to money-saving products and services.

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    5. Healthcare Costs Top List of Small Business Concerns

      Healthcare Costs Top List of Small Business Concerns

      How concerned are small businesses about the costs of implementing the new health care insurance laws? A new survey shows it's their top worry. Results of the National Small Business Association's 2014 Small Business Health Care Survey showed that 91 percent of small businesses in the study reported increases in their health plan at their most recent health insurance renewal with one in four being hit with increases exceeding 20 percent.

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    6. Details of new myRA retirement savings vehicle revealed

      Following up on announcement made by President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the White House released details of a new retirement savings account to be made available to employees through their employers. These accounts, myRAs (presumably an abbreviation for “my retirement account”), which are being established under the president’s executive authority, are described as “starter” savings accounts aimed at the 50% of employees who have no access to employer 401(k) plans (White House press release, “Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All: Securing a Dignified Retirement for All Americans,” 1/29/14). MyRAs ...

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    7. 3 Services to Ease Your Obamacare Pain

      3 Services to Ease Your Obamacare Pain

      A new group of startups aim to make big profits by solving your company's Obamacare problems.

      We’ve heard plenty about the pain Obamacare is inflicting on companies big and small: the hassle of shopping for plans, the challenge of managing a flood of new paperwork requirements, the battle against rising premiums. But as every entrepreneur knows, where there’s pain, there’s profit for the person who can cure it. (Just ask your doctor.

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    8. What Small Businesses Need to Know About Health Care Tax Credit

      What Small Businesses Need to Know About Health Care Tax Credit

      The 2014 tax year brings with it not only the healthcare requirements for individuals, which is being mandated through the IRS and the nation's income tax system, but also changes to an important credit for small businesses. From 2010 through 2013, the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit offered a credit of up to 35 percent of the insurance premiums that small employers pay on behalf of their employees (up to 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers).

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    9. Why the Rich Aren’t Good at Giving

      Why the Rich Aren’t Good at Giving

      Three quarters of mega gifts go to charities that do comparatively little good and are laced with personal benefits, one expert finds. Philanthropy can be a difficult subject. The simple view is that any giving is a laudable sacrifice. But there is a more complex view that weighs a charity’s mission and the giver’s self-interest before assigning praise or gratitude.

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    10. The Best States for Small Business Growth: Follow the People

      The Best States for Small Business Growth: Follow the People

      Entrepreneurs considering a new business might take into consideration the states with the highest population growth, as well as growth resulting from moves. As opposed to organic population growth, which is the result of births to state residents, relocation growth is the result of individuals or families moving from one state to another. And there are definitely trends that stand out.

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    11. Intuit Sees Small Business Employment Rebounding

      Intuit Sees Small Business Employment Rebounding

      Employment at small businesses in the U.S. increased in December, although the amount of compensation and the number of hours worked indicated slight declines, according to figures from QuickBooks maker Intuit. Small business employers added 20,000 jobs in December, for a cumulative total of more than 555,000 jobs since March 2010, according to Intuit. Overall, small business revenues declined 0.19 percent in November.

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    12. ADP Finds Private Sector Added 238,000 Jobs in December

      ADP Finds Private Sector Added 238,000 Jobs in December

      Employers in the private sector added 238,000 jobs from November to December, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll giant ADP, with jobs added across most company sizes and industries as the economy continues to strengthen. Small businesses with one to 19 employees gained 55,000 jobs, while those with 20 to 49 employees added 53,000 jobs. Midsize businesses with between 50 and 499 employees added 59,000 jobs.

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    13. Mobile Banking Options Key Factor for Small Businesses When Choosing a Bank

      Mobile Banking Options Key Factor for Small Businesses When Choosing a Bank

      A new survey on small business banking habits shows that mobile banking options are a driving factor when business owners choose a financial institution. The sixth annual ath Power Small Business Banking Study assesses small business banking customer experience at banks, nationwide. This year, the top performing banks were Bank of the West, Associated Bank and Chase. The average ranking on overall customer experience was 71 out of a possible 100 points, a decline from last year's average of 74.

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    14. 14 Top Income Tax Breaks Expiring in ‘14 | CPA Practice Advisor

      14 Top Income Tax Breaks Expiring in ‘14 | CPA Practice Advisor

      When the ball dropped in Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve, it did more than signal the start of another year. It also officially closed the books on several significant tax breaks for individuals and small business owners. Unless these provisions are resurrected by a bipartisan Congress – no sure bet – they won’t be available in 2014. Appropriately enough, here are 14 top tax breaks that expired on January 1, 2014, although taxpayers may still benefit from them on ’13 returns. 1.

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    15. 3 Things to Know About Corporate Venture Capital

      3 Things to Know About Corporate Venture Capital

      Looking for funding? Think outside the VC box. An increasing number of corporations want to back startups--as long as there is something in it for them.

      Corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are on the rise. Consider the growing number of big companies creating funds to find promising startups: Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Novartis Venture Funds, Samsung Ventures, AOL Ventures, Dell Ventures, Dow Venture Capital, Microsoft Ventures, and Citi Ventures.

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    16. Small Business Owners Still Confused About Obamacare

      Small Business Owners Still Confused About Obamacare

      According to a recent survey, many small business owners are still unclear how the health care law will impact their companies--and relatively few are interested in the new exchanges.

      Business owners are still struggling to understand Obamacare and its likely impact on them and their workers, according to a recent survey by Merchant Cash and Capital, an alternative financing company for small businesses.

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    17. IRS to Begin Accepting Business Tax Returns on Jan. 13

      IRS to Begin Accepting Business Tax Returns on Jan. 13

      The Internal Revenue Service plans to begin accepting business tax returns on January 13, more than two weeks ahead of the start date for accepting individual tax returns. The IRS announced last Wednesday that it would begin accepting individual 1040 tax returns on January 31, blaming the 16-day federal government shutdown in October for delaying its annual programming, updating and testing its tax-processing systems (see IRS Sets the Date: Tax Season Starts Jan. 31).

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    18. How to Land a Job with a Family-Owned Business as an Outsider

      How to Land a Job with a Family-Owned Business as an Outsider

      Family-owned businesses are the backbone of our economy. They range from small businesses to major corporations, and make up 35% of Fortune 500 companies. Together, these family firms are a powerhouse for employment, accounting for 78% of all new job creation.Luckily, you don’t have to be a member of the family to work for a family-owned business. Between 10 and 15% of these businesses are now managed by non-family executives.

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    19. Georgia uses $21M from State Small Business Credit Initiative

      Georgia uses $21M from State Small Business Credit Initiative

      Georgia was allocated $47.8 million under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative and used 44 percent of the funding so far. The Treasury put out a report Wednesday showing Georgia has used about $21.1 million since December 2011, when the Peach State signed on. That ranks Georgia ninth in the nation for using SSBCI funds. States use SSBCI funds to attract private lending and investment in small businesses, often by partnering with local community banks. The…

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